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I have access to a few private ponds, I was thinking of going out and catching some Largemouth on flies. Basically, Where do I start? I'm reading about pond and lake ecosystems and the bug life with in. What flies should I be looking for purchase? And am I going to need a heavier weight rod to cast them out there (I have a 8.5 5 wt)? What about leader combinations and tippet?

Thanks for the help! It looks like a fun Summer coming up!

Paul

Posted on: 2013/5/4 11:35


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Thanks for the help! It looks like a fun Summer coming up!
Paul


It does indeed - you'll have fun.
For starts, you can fish with your 5WT. A bigger rod would be ideal but you can start with what yuh got. Although folks don't think of largemouth bass (LM) as a fish you target with nymphs......however, they're suckers for nymphs. I'm convinced that LMs eat a lot of dragonfly nymphs and I catch many LMs on nymphs when I'm targeting sunfish. Anyway, any nymph about an inch long is fine: Hare's Ear will work. In addition, have a handful of Clouser Minnows and Wooly Buggers. For the surface, get some basic poppers. Since you'll be using a 5WT, you might opt for poppers in somewhat smaller sizes (ie a "head" about the size of your thumbnail or smaller). Leader is easy:standard taper with a tippet of 8-10Lb test line. If the pond is brushy or weedy use a tippet of 15 lb test or so.
Good luck chasin bass.

Posted on: 2013/5/4 12:48


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Paulson wrote:
Thanks for the help! It looks like a fun Summer coming up!
Paul


It does indeed - you'll have fun.
For starts, you can fish with your 5WT. A bigger rod would be ideal but you can start with what yuh got. Although folks don't think of largemouth bass (LM) as a fish you target with nymphs......however, they're suckers for nymphs. I'm convinced that LMs eat a lot of dragonfly nymphs and I catch many LMs on nymphs when I'm targeting sunfish. Anyway, any nymph about an inch long is fine: Hare's Ear will work. In addition, have a handful of Clouser Minnows and Wooly Buggers. For the surface, get some basic poppers. Since you'll be using a 5WT, you might opt for poppers in somewhat smaller sizes (ie a "head" about the size of your thumbnail or smaller). Leader is easy:standard taper with a tippet of 8-10Lb test line. If the pond is brushy or weedy use a tippet of 15 lb test or so.
Good luck chasin bass.


Thanks for the advice, I might just drop the coin on a 7/8 package. There seem to be a few good deals of quality set ups. I say that because When I get to heavier flies with my 5wt, it can be tough to turn over. Part of that is probably self inflicted.

So I would assume a 0X tapered leader with mono or even flouro for the weeds? I might just build my own leaders.

Yes, I am excited for some warm weather pond fishing with a new twist. It sounds like a blast. Do you ever fish ponds at night?

Posted on: 2013/5/4 15:21


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Check out the warm water section of the forum too. I'll be hitting up some ww species this spring, just started ff this winter

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That I did, I figured I'd post here for us beginners. Good stuff on the warm water section.

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For Farmpond bass my favorite flies are dragonfly and damselfly nymphs and foam bodied adults.........HAVE FUN!!!!

Posted on: 2013/5/6 7:36


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Small artificial mice/frogs and top water (white) poppers work real well. Anything that resembles a crayfish will work nicely. Last year while I flyfished I realized that if I sped up the action to a point beyond the striking speed of sunnies and blue gills I was able to catch more bass than anything. The 5 wt will work great unless you are fishing lillypads and thick grass.

Yesterday I got a 4lb sucker with a Brassie nymph on my 3wt - gave me a great fight.

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I will keep that all in mind, thank you guys! Looks like I only need a select few flies, those big bass flies are pricy. The rest I have minus the leader. Smallie season is right around the corner/here to on my local streams to!

Also, does anyone know a cheap way to float and fish down the Brandywine? Kayaks are out of my price range right now.

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in a Float tube. Just don't get the hook stuck in it!! You could check with Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas.

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You could always do a canoe trip with Northbrook. Not too expensive for a day.

I've had trouble catching bass in the brandywine before late June/July, but that might just be certain areas. Either way the massive fallfish and other panfish are a lot of fun until the bass fishing heats up. Wish I could be around for the cicadas!

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Thanks for the help penny pack!

Thats right, lost of cicada talk...making my summer look good!

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I've had the best success for bass with poppers when the topwater action is on. Streamers and wooly buggers work too. When the weather warms up more a cricket imitation (joe's hopper) can be deadly.

It's probably too early to rely on much topwater action just yet but be ready for it, when it's on it's a blast. Start by casting to the edges of cover, let it sit, then short pops.

Posted on: 2013/5/6 18:30


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Last summer when I was chasing SMB I used mostly poppers with limited success. Will SMB chase the same flies FI listed in post #2?

Posted on: 2013/5/7 7:19
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Last summer when I was chasing SMB I used mostly poppers with limited success. Will SMB chase the same flies FI listed in post #2?



Poppers can be very effective and a ton of fun for SMBs.

For some odd reason, smallies have not been "on" poppers very often last season and the season before. Many FFers have reported the same thing.

Keep trying, though. The surface bite is more likely to happen when the water warms a bit. Lottsa fun...my favorite way to fish smallies and largies for that matter.

Posted on: 2013/5/7 7:24


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I've been having a great time with sliders and gurglurs. Sometimes subtle is good.

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